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Aviv Handler

Managing Director

ETR Advisory

Aviv Handler, Managing Director, ETR ADVISORY
Aviv is the Managing Director of ETR Advisory, a niche consultancy which provides advice and services to the energy and commodity markets in the understanding, preparation and implementation of European Energy and Commodity Market Regulations. He focuses focus on all streams of regulation including EMIR, REMIT, MiFiD II and CRD IV as well as applicable rules across the globe. He has domain expertise in compliance (REMIT, EMIR, MiFiD, Basel II/III, CAD, CRD IV),credit risk, commodity and energy trading (gas, power, oil), with extensive knowledge of regulation , credit, risk and ETRM systems and well as financial messaging

Diana Higgins

Head of Credit Risk

Centrica Energy

Diana Higgins, Head of Credit, Centrica Energy
A credit risk manager with 15 years, is the author of the book Portfolio Compression of experience in commodity trading, Diana Higgins has managed distress events and has also set up, transformed and closed down credit risk departments in energy firms. At Centrica Energy, Diana built and managed the collateral management and credit department for trading and procurement in the UK, leading the development of the European credit operations in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Spain. Diana was Head of Credit for Williams Europe and has held various credit management and analyst positions at Foundation Energy (later Nexen, now Nomura), Enron Europe and Glencore. Has been a delegate to the EFET (European Federation of Energy Traders) Credit Committee and is co-author of the EFET Credit Training Manual. Has also been a guest speaker at risk and energy events including Energy Risk, IECA, EMART, Marcus Evans, Energy Risk, Incisive Training and IE Business School.

28 June

14:20 - PRESENTATION: ERM framework applied to post-trade risk management
Diana Higgins, Head of Credit, Centrica Energy

 

David Port

Group Chief Risk Officer

Noble Group

David Port, Group Chief Risk Officer, Noble Group Ltd
David has been Chief Risk Officer at Noble since May 2016 and was previously Chief Risk Officer and Board Member at E.ON Global Commodities. With more than 20 years of experience in the capital markets and the energy trading sector, David has held senior positions for Standard Chartered Bank, Enron, Florida Power and Light, and Citadel Investment Group. He was a partner in an energy trading and event arbitrage hedge fund based in Houston, and most recently was Principal at Infinium Capital Management in Chicago.
David has an extensive track record of building infrastructure and tools to optimize trading and risk capital allocation, and the establishment of rigorous investment processes. He has experience in portfolio construction and trading of natural gas, crude oil, electricity options, emissions, metals, equities and fixed income. David holds a BSc. in Physics from the University of Warwick in the UK. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and is a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers in the UK.

 

 

Dr. Tony West

CEO

Forward Curve

Dr Anthony Paul West

Tony has extensive expertise in the Energy and Commodity Markets, with more than 30 years' first-hand experience across physical and financial markets, mostly in front office wholesale trading roles, including the management of diverse teams of traders, but also senior strategic, consulting and advisory roles. Tony is currently utilising his energy trading and risk management expertise in support of the objectives of other businesses through his company Forward Curve Ltd, providing consulting, training and advisory services, working across the wholesale and retail energy sectors. One of his principle clients, Pulse Business Energy, were awarded Energy Buyer of the Year 2015 with Tony's support.

Prior to this Tony, has worked for a variety of industry participants including; Gazprom Marketing & Trading as Head of Power Business Coordination, Scottish Power as Head of Trading, at Sapient Global Markets as Director Business Consulting, Trading and Risk Management, and before that has worked in several senior roles within RWETrading, top tier investment banks, BP and hedge fund/trading businesses, primarily in senior front office positions.

Tony has created, developed, run and ‘turned around' energy/commodity trading and marketing businesses as well as concluded large and complex commodity and commodity finance arrangements. He is well versed in the practicalities of risk management within developing, de-regulating and established markets, as well as trading around physical assets; having developed the ‘asset-backed trading model' at National Power/Innogy (now Npower, part of RWE), designed with risk management as the focus - at the interface between retail, the gas market, generation and fuel supply.

One of Tony's claim to fame, if you believe Wikipedia, is he is credited with coining the term ‘spark-spread' while at Innogy.

 

Keynotes

Harry Tchilinguirian

Global Head of Commodity Markets Strategy

BNP Paribas

Harry Tchilinguirian is Head of Commodity Markets Strategy and Senior Oil Market Strategist with BNP Paribas' Commodity Derivatives Group in London. His area of coverage includes short term oil markets. Harry joined BNPP in August of 2006 from the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris, France where he worked for 6 years in the Oil Markets and Industry Division. As Senior Oil Market Analyst, he was a contributor to the IEA's benchmark monthly Oil Market Report where he covered prices, refinery activity, oil inventories and statistics and maintained and developed the division's extensive contacts with industry and governments alike. Harry's responsibilities at the IEA also included regular presentations to the various IEA government committees and the office of the Executive Director as well as market analysis in support of Agency's assessment of potential use of strategic stocks in emergency situations. He also represented the IEA at various international forums, conferences and workshops. Prior to joining the IEA, Harry worked with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, (OECD), in the Economic Departments. Harry Tchilinguirian holds undergraduate (BA) degrees in Economics from the University of Toronto (Canada) and the University of Paris IX - Dauphine (France) alongside a Masters (MA) degree in Economics from the University of Paris IX - Dauphine.

29 June

Harry Tchilinguirian, Global Head of Commodity Markets Strategy, BNP Paribas

 

 

Ilia Bouchouev

Managing Director, Global Head of Derivatives

Koch Supply & Trading

For nearly twenty years Ilia Bouchouev has been managing the global derivatives business for Koch Industries, the world second largest privately held company. Koch's derivatives group operates globally with trading desks in New York, Houston, London and Geneva with the focus on energy trading. Ilia also serves as a President of Koch Global Partners, proprietary trading group specializing in trading foreign exchange and interest rate derivatives. Ilia has PhD in Applied Mathematics, and has been a regular speaker at various industry conferences.

Paul Horsnell

Head of Commodities Research

Standard Chartered

Paul Horsnell
Head, Commodities Research
Paul is the Global Head of Commodities Research and is based in London. The team covers the key metals, energy and agricultural markets with analysts based in Singapore, Shanghai and London. Paul was previously Head of Commodities Research at Barclays, and Head of Energy Research at JPMorgan. Prior to becoming a financial analyst, he was a researcher at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies for 10 years, where he authored books on the Brent oil market and on Asian energy markets. He holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and a doctorate in Economics from Oxford University

Walt Patterson

Author; Associate Fellow of the Energy, Environment and Resources Department, Chatham House; Founding Member

International Energy Advisory Council

WALT PATTERSON

Walt Patterson is Associate Fellow in the Energy, Environment and Resource Governance Department at Chatham House in London, UK, and a founding member of the International Energy Advisory Council. Born in Canada, he has lived in the UK since 1960. A postgraduate nuclear physicist, he has been actively involved in energy and environment since the late 1960s.

Electricity Vs Fire: The Fight For Our Future is Patterson's fourteenth book. He has also published hundreds of papers, articles and reviews, on topics including nuclear power, coal technology, renewable energy, energy systems, energy policy and electricity. He has been specialist advisor to two Select Committees of the UK House of Commons, an expert witness at many official hearings, a frequent broadcaster and advisor to media, and speaker or chair in conferences around the world. He has been awarded the Melchett Medal of the Energy Institute. The Scientific American 50 named him 'energy policy leader' for his advocacy of decentralized electricity.

Electricity Vs Fire is now available as a free download from Walt Patterson On Energy, <www.waltpatterson.org>, an online archive of his work since 1970. It averages over 800 hits a day, with visits from more than 130 countries.

 

Speakers

Paul Newman

Director

NEX Grp plc

NEWMAN, Paul. Director, NEX GROUP

Career:
Hong Kong Shanghai Bank Corp/British Bank of Middle East 1977-78, Astley & Pearce Ltd 1978-86: (Mgr Foreign Exchange 1982-3, Director, Exco Futures Ltd 1985-6) .Chief Executive Elders Securities Ltd, Director Capital Mkts & Trading, Elders Finance Group Ltd 1986-89 (Elders Finance businesses acquired by Merrill Lynch and CNCA in 1990), Director, Rudolf Wolff & Co Guernsey Fund Management (non-exec) 1990-1992. Director Intercapital Group Ltd 1992-2000, Founding Executive Managing Director ICAP Energy Ltd 1990-2014, Chairman, ICAP Shipping Ltd (non exec) 2007-2011. Director JC Rathbone Associates Ltd (non exec) 2008-present. Director, Howe Robinson Partners Shipbroking 2015-present (non-exec) , Chairman, ICAP Energy 2014-2016, Director Nex Group 2016- present

Other Activities: Co Founder ICAP Charity Day 1993; Chairman, London Oil Brokers Association, 1993; Chair, Oxford Institute of Energy Studies Policy Club, Nov 2016. Conservative Party Candidate 2001 UK General Election; Governor and Council Member, Ditchley Foundation; Former Trustee/Director Epilepsy Research UK; Former Patron, Barts Hospital Appeal. City of Westminster School Governor, 2001-3, HRH Prince of Wales Prince's Charities Council 2009-2012; Principal Businesss Adviser to Royal Air Force Aerobatics Team (Red Arrows), 2016. Freeman of the City of London, Liveryman, Honorary Company of Air Pilots and Navigators.
Professional Organisations: FCA, NFA, Business Graduates Association, Royal Institute for International Affairs, (Chatham Hse)

28 June

9:40 - INTERVIEW ON STAGE: What does the future hold for energy trading?
Paul Newman, Director, Nex Group

 

Fabian Rodriguez

Chief Risk Officer

TrailStone UK

Mr. Rodriguez is Chief Risk Officer at TrailStone Group, managing various dimensions of risk in a wide range of commodity trading activities.

Mr. Rodriguez previously served as global head of Enterprise Risk Stress Testing at Credit Suisse from 2013 to 2015. In this role he lead the development of forward looking scenario analytics used in setting firm-wide risk appetite and the establishment of stress testing as an all-encompassing risk measurement and capital adequacy assessment approach.

Prior to the stress testing role, Mr Rodriguez was global head of Commodity Strategic Risk Management at Credit Suisse from 2009 to 2015 and in a similar role at Merrill Lynch from 2004. In these roles he strengthened the identification, measurement and management of risk in all commodity-related investment banking activities. While at Merrill Lynch he also helped develop the commodity index business and traded ags, metals and refined products.

From 1999 to 2004 Mr. Rodriguez worked as a financial engineer implementing enterprise risk systems at several commodity trading organizations for both Algorithmics and Deloitte.

Uwe Schulz

Chief Risk Officer

RWE Supply & Trading

RWE Supply & Trading GmbH (formerly RWE Trading GmbH), since 03/2006
• CRO (globally in charge of market and operational risk and credit risk
controlling)
• Between 2010 and 2012 additionally CFO of RWE Supply & Trading
Switzerland S.A. (formerly Essent Trading S.A., Geneva) as non-resident
director and member of the Management Committee in charge of Finance,
Risk, IT and Back Office
Value & Risk AG, 01/2003-02/2006
• Risk Management Consultant (Director, Bad Homburg v.d.H.)
Deutsche Hyp / Eurohypo AG, 01/2001-12/2002
• Head of Risk Controlling (Director, Frankfurt)
Dresdner Bank Group, 10/1992-12/2000
• Head of Risk Controlling Asia/Pacific (Director, Tokyo/Japan, overseeing the locations Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Sydney, Bangkok, Mumbai,
Shanghai)
• Head of Risk Methodology Trading (Frankfurt)
• Head of Business Area Controlling Treasury/Fixed Income (Frankfurt)
• Co-Head Bond Options Trading (Frankfurt)
Metallgesellschaft AG, 10/1988-09/1992
• Group Controller Metals Trading
• Staff Member Technical Trading Products Department (metals and oil trading)
Karlsruhe University, 10/1985-09/1988
• Scientific Staff Member at the Institute for Decision Theory and Operations Research (Financial markets research)

Novera Khan

Chief Risk Officer

Uniper SE

Uniper Chief Risk Officer since February 2016. Before, Novera has been leading the Market Risk department of Uniper Global Commodities since April 2014 and before that led the Gas, Oil & LNG Risk team. Novera has extensive experience in the energy industry and has held various Senior Risk Management positions across multiple markets and companies in the US and Europe.

Michele Governatori

Head of Public and Regulatory Affairs

Axpo Italia

Michele Governatori is Director of Public and Regulatory Affairs for Axpo Italia S.p.A. . Before joining the Axpo group in 2004, he has been working for Eni, Edison, and for the Italian state-owned Single Buyer of electricity.
After his BA in Economics at Bocconi University in 1996, he completed the Master in Management of the Energy and Environment Industry of Eni Corporate University.
Since 2013 he is President for the Italian Energy Traders and Wholesalers Association (AIGET).

Peter Styles

Chairman of the Electricity Committee

EFET

Since 2000 Peter has been a Board Member of the European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET) and Chairman of the Electricity Committee of EFET. Since 2010 he has been an Honorary Associate at Dundee University,where he is attached to the Global Faculty. His career in the 1980s and 1990s encompassed project work in upstream oil and gas, power plant development, the management of a gas pipeline business and the establishment of the first and largest pan-European energy trading business.

AUDIO ONLY

PANEL: Electricity trading market overview
Moderator: Peter Styles, Chairman of the Electricity Committee, EFET

 

 

Cornelia Kawann

Head Market Surveillance

Swiss Federal Electricity Commission ElCom

Currently Dr. Cornelia Kawann is Head of Division Market Surveillance at the Federal Electricity Commission ElCom - the Swiss Regulator where she was before the Deputy Head of Division Networks and Europe. Until 2012 she was Head of the Department "Financial Supervision Affairs" of Alpiq Trading & Services and at the same time Deputy CEO of Alpiq Swisstrade AG. Before working for a trading company she was Head of "Strategy and Regulatory Affairs" at the national TSO Swissgrid. During her business activities in Austria she was in charge of the set-up of the Austrian Energy Exchange EXAA and the Austrian Emission Registry ECRA. For both company she was delegated the power of attorney.
Ms. Kawann holds a PhD from the Graz, Technical University and a MBA from the Carlson School of Management.

Diana Higgins

Head of Credit

Centrica Energy

Diana Higgins, Head of Credit, Centrica Energy
A credit risk manager with 15 years, is the author of the book Portfolio Compression of experience in commodity trading, Diana Higgins has managed distress events and has also set up, transformed and closed down credit risk departments in energy firms. At Centrica Energy, Diana built and managed the collateral management and credit department for trading and procurement in the UK, leading the development of the European credit operations in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Spain. Diana was Head of Credit for Williams Europe and has held various credit management and analyst positions at Foundation Energy (later Nexen, now Nomura), Enron Europe and Glencore. Has been a delegate to the EFET (European Federation of Energy Traders) Credit Committee and is co-author of the EFET Credit Training Manual. Has also been a guest speaker at risk and energy events including Energy Risk, IECA, EMART, Marcus Evans, Energy Risk, Incisive Training and IE Business School.

Benoit Gourisse

Director of European Public Policy

ISDA

Benoît Gourisse has worked for ISDA for four years ISDA as Director of European Public Policy. He is heading the ISDA work stream on commodities in Europe and is the ISDA primary contact to the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).
Prior to ISDA, Mr. Gourisse spent five years at the French Banking Federation in Paris, where he was deputy director of Corporate and Investment bank activities. In this role he advised the executive management of French banks in every issue relating to financial markets, corporate services, custodian activities, asset management and distribution of financial instruments to retail investors.
He also worked for the French Savings banks as head of legal department and for Société Générale as compliance officer.
Mr. Gourisse has a Masters Degree in tax and business law from Paris XI University.

Hugo Stappers

Director of Sales & Marketing EMEA

Pioneer Solutions

Hugo Stappers joined Pioneer Solutions in 2015 as Director of Sales & Marketing EMEA, Mr. Stappers is responsible for client-related activities including revenue, go-market strategy, and customer satisfaction across Europe and Middle East/Africa region. He has been in the ETRM software industry for over 15 years in the United States and Europe. Previously he held sales and sales operations positions with hardware and software companies, including Oracle Corporation . Mr. Stappers holds a Bachelor-level diploma from the Institute for Business Administration in the Netherlands, and had executive training from Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Management.

Maria Popova

Manager for Market Supervision, Regulatory and Policy Associate

EFET

Maria is Regulatory and Policy Consultant with over seven years of experience in the field of European energy market policy and regulation. Currently, she is Manager for Market Supervision with the European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET), focusing on legislative frameworks for energy market integrity and transparency. Previously, she has dealt with regulatory issues related to carbon emissions trading and European gas market design.

Aviv Handler

Managing Director

ETR Advisory

Aviv Handler, Managing Director, ETR ADVISORY
Aviv is the Managing Director of ETR Advisory, a niche consultancy which provides advice and services to the energy and commodity markets in the understanding, preparation and implementation of European Energy and Commodity Market Regulations. He focuses focus on all streams of regulation including EMIR, REMIT, MiFiD II and CRD IV as well as applicable rules across the globe. He has domain expertise in compliance (REMIT, EMIR, MiFiD, Basel II/III, CAD, CRD IV),credit risk, commodity and energy trading (gas, power, oil), with extensive knowledge of regulation , credit, risk and ETRM systems and well as financial messaging

Irena Spazzapan

Gas & Power Origination

Goldman Sachs

Irena Spazzapan is an Execute Director at Goldman Sachs Commodities. She has helped building the bank's European gas&power business with a focus on origination and business development. Lately, Irena has been mostly involved in LNG, renewables and short-term power trading. She joined GS 12 years ago as an analyst, after working for the United Nations. She is a graduate of International Relations and Macroeconomics at the University of Trieste

Josef Bogensperger

Principal Risk Manager

Verbund Trading

Dr. Josef H. Bogensperger studied electrical engineering at the University of Technology Graz (Austria). 1996-1999 working as consulting engineer for VERBUNDPLAN in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Joined VERBUND Trading GmbH in 1999. First Risk Manager, then Head of Back Office. From July 2004 til October 2016 as Head of Risk Management. Since November 2016 in his present position as Principal Risk Manager with a focus on energy and financial regulation.

Chris Harris

Head of Regulation

Npower

Chris Harris is Head of Retail Regulation in RWE npower, a major power generator and supplier of gas, power and energy services in Great Britain. Chris was previously head of global derivative trading at Barclays Metals, head of commodity marketing at Barclays Capital, and quantitative analyst at Barclays, responsible for independent pricing of all non equity traded products at Barclays Capital. At npower, previous positions include head of asset optimisation and head of asset management

George Levy

Quantitative Analyst

Npower

George Levy currently works at RWE npower developing software to compute the value and risk associated with power contracts. His interests include: Monte Carlo simulation, renewable energy, the UK power stack, power imbalance, stochastic processes, computational frameworks, storage, and swing contracts. He has published several books and articles concerned with energy and financial contracts.

Dr. Lawrence Haar

Lecturer in Finance

University of Lincoln

Dr Lawrence Haar is a Financial Risk Professional with international experience at Director and MD level managing Market and Credit Risk exposure to commodities and FX, gained in banking and the energy, petroleum and mining sectors. He is a subject matter expert in the valuation and modelling of complex assets/liabilities and has been a Director at Deloitte in Audit Assurance as well as the Head of Valuation for a major energy company. He has expertise in the regulation of Financial Markets, having worked for the UK Authorities. Since 2015, he has been a Visiting Research Fellow for the King Abdullah Petroleum Research Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He completed his PhD in 2000 in Financial Economics and has published in both academic journals and the financial press.

29 June

PRESENTATION: Pricing the renewables contracts - PPA
Dr. Lawrence Haar, Senior Visiting Fellow, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies Research Centre, Financial Economist and Commodity Risk Specialist

 

Marcel Steinbach

Head of Energy Trading

BDEW German Association of Energy and Water Industries

Jan Fath

Senior Energy Trader

Energie Steiermark Business

Dr Tony West

CEO,Energy Trading Consultant

Forward Curve; Pulse Business Energy

Dr Anthony Paul West

Tony has extensive expertise in the Energy and Commodity Markets, with more than 30 years' first-hand experience across physical and financial markets, mostly in front office wholesale trading roles, including the management of diverse teams of traders, but also senior strategic, consulting and advisory roles. Tony is currently utilising his energy trading and risk management expertise in support of the objectives of other businesses through his company Forward Curve Ltd, providing consulting, training and advisory services, working across the wholesale and retail energy sectors. One of his principle clients, Pulse Business Energy, were awarded Energy Buyer of the Year 2015 with Tony's support.

Prior to this Tony, has worked for a variety of industry participants including; Gazprom Marketing & Trading as Head of Power Business Coordination, Scottish Power as Head of Trading, at Sapient Global Markets as Director Business Consulting, Trading and Risk Management, and before that has worked in several senior roles within RWETrading, top tier investment banks, BP and hedge fund/trading businesses, primarily in senior front office positions.

Tony has created, developed, run and ‘turned around' energy/commodity trading and marketing businesses as well as concluded large and complex commodity and commodity finance arrangements. He is well versed in the practicalities of risk management within developing, de-regulating and established markets, as well as trading around physical assets; having developed the ‘asset-backed trading model' at National Power/Innogy (now Npower, part of RWE), designed with risk management as the focus - at the interface between retail, the gas market, generation and fuel supply.

One of Tony's claim to fame, if you believe Wikipedia, is he is credited with coining the term ‘spark-spread' while at Innogy.

29 June

CHAIRMAN: Dr. Tony West, CEO, Forward Curve
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: The oil market: where do we stand and what to expect next

 

Rebecca Spring-Mills

Senior Account Director for Utilities and Oil & Gas

SAS Institute

Rebecca Spring-Mills works as a Senior Account Executive for Oil & Gas and Utilities at SAS. In her role she is helping companies maximize business value and innovate through the use of analytics. Rebecca has wealth of experience in commodity trading and risk management spanning over 15 years working with Oil & Gas, Utilities, Commodity Trading and CPG companies in EMEA and Asia.

 

 

Robert Hendrickson

Senior Industry Consultant

SAS Institute GmbH

Robert Hendrickson works at SAS as Senior Industry Consultant. In his role, Mr. Hendrickson brings energy risk expertise and is responsible for providing technical, industry and risk expertise in the energy sector in coordination with the local and regional sales teams to cooperate closely with our external partners and collaborate with local and regional teams in identifying, assessing and proving the value of the SAS Risk Mgt. framework. He brings more than 15 years of experience in Risk and Performance Management in energy, investment banking and commodity trading companies. His experience includes complex international trading environments such as Deutsche Bank and BP Plc. as well as working with energy trading risk management systems and projects to obtain regulatory approvals.

Chetna Bhatia

CIO

Aspect Enterprise Solutions

Chetna Bhatia joined Aspect Enterprise Solutions in 2009 and has more than 20 years of experience in commodities trading and risk management. Her experience includes achieving overall client loyalty, building and increasing revenue streams, complex program management, team building, managing global IT teams and the ability to bridge the gap between business and technical teams. She has a rare combination of business knowledge (commodities trading) and technical skills. Prior to joining Aspect, Chetna worked for a number of companies including SunGard, Nasdaq Smarts Group, Vedaris and interacted with clients like BG, Shell, Statoil, BP, AEP and the London Stock Exchange. At Aspect, Chetna manages and plays a key role in setting up processes, teams and tools for making Aspect's cloud solution delivery successful. She manages cloud platform, technical strategy, architecture, infrastructure, software engineering and services including Professional Services and 24-hour Global Support Desk for all Aspect products. As CIO, Chetna's role is to lead global IT agenda by driving strategy, implementation and support for internal and external business and tech teams, applications, platforms, networks and data centers.

28 June

10:40 - ROUNDTABLE: ETRM landscape: Moving towards efficiency
Chetna Bhatia, CIO, Aspect Enterprise Solutions

 

Roland Bäck

Head of ETRM and Trading Process Management

OMV Gas & Power

For the last ten years Roland has collected experience in multiple energy trading companies with exposure to oil, gas, power and carbon markets. His focus was driving ETRM implementations and enhancements throughout the entire process chain of trading entities with internal and external stakeholders. In this capacity he has succeed in bridging the gap between business requirements and IT services. Currently he is responsible for trading applications and processes in OMV's commodity trading units.

Dario Ghazi

Head of Trading and Pricing

Isupply Energy

Dario is Head of Trading & Pricing at iSupplyEnergy where he is responsible for growing the Downstream trading operations function including: Power and Natural Gas residential demand hedging, Processes & Tools to improve hedging activities, Origination and continuously innovate a competitive retail Pricing Strategy. Previously Dario held positions of Structured Trading Manager and Head of Trading & Analytics at Petronas, and before that worked as Quantitative Analyst at Centrica's Asset Trading desk.

Alexander McDonald

CEO

WMBA, LEBA

Prior to joining WMBA and LEBA, Alex has spent his career in Banking and Fund Management. He has over twenty years of experience as a macro trader and portfolio manager, most recently he was a senior portfolio manager at BSAM Global Alpha Fund and prior to that a portfolio manager in global macro, at OLEA Capital Partners and at BlueCrest Capital focusing on commodities, fixed-income and currencies worldwide. Additionally, he was a Director, in charge of Emerging Markets and currency trading at CSFB for eight years, and prior to that he was Executive Director at Goldman Sachs on their fixed-income proprietary trading desk. He joined JP Morgan in 1988 and subsequently traded with and managed their futures, fixed income arbitrage and FX teams. He holds an MA from Cambridge University in Geophysics/Geochemistry

James Rilett

Global Innovation Director

S&P Global Platts

James Rilett is the Global Director of Innovation for S&P Global Platts, the leading independent provider of information and benchmark prices for the commodities and energy markets. James is a commodities and FinTech specialist with 13 years in the markets. James has a track record of creating and growing innovative businesses with technical edge. A former trader, James often gives comment on macro and fundamental outlooks, and speaks on market evolution and technological change. James has been a partner in a boutique hedge fund in Geneva, trading through turbulent conditions. More recently James worked as CEO, and led the sale of Munich based commodities analytics startup MVS, achieving a full exit to S&P Global in 2015. Having committed to S&P Global Platts post acquisition, James heads up a portfolio of commercial projects while growing the innovation practice in London, working to deliver value to a demanding network of leading international clients

Cyrus Dadachanji

Partner, CTRM

Infosys Consulting

Cyrus has spent over 25 years working in energy and commodity trading & risk management, both in industry and in consulting. He started his career at BP in London, with a variety of positions in supply, logistics, refining and trading, before moving to the US where he was a crude oil trading book leader in Chicago. He then moved to California, managing US West Coast refinery trading, and later gas and power trading. Moving from front office trading to risk, Cyrus spent 3 years as global head of Market Risk and Product Control for Italian oil major, ENI Trading and Shipping.
Cyrus' consulting experience comes from time with KPMG Management Consulting in Los Angeles and London, and EY in London.
Cyrus is currently a Partner at Infosys Consulting where he leads the CTRM practice, bringing technology and business solutions to the commodity trading industry.

Paul Waine

Director

Green Lock Associates

Paul Waine has enjoyed over three decades in senior roles in finance and risk management in the energy and commodities sectors. He has extensive leadership experience in commodities risk management, including roles with Royal Dutch Shell, Goldman Sachs, Enron, and BP. He is now building Green Lock Associates, offering in depth consulting experience in the energy and commodities sectors. Mr Waine has a Master of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University. He is professionally qualified as a Chartered Accountant and a Corporate Treasurer.

Jamie Stewart

Editor

European Daily Electricity Markets

Jamie Stewart has been editor of European Daily Electricity Markets at ICIS for the past three years. Prior to this, Jamie spent four years covering energy markets at ICIS with a focus on the Nordics, UK power and renewable energy across Europe. He hopes that seven years writing about energy markets doesn't yet make him a ‘veteran' energy journalist - but fears it probably does.

Bernard Delahaye

Senior Vice President, EMEA

OpenLink

Bernard Delahaye joined OpenLink as Senior Vice President, Sales EMEA, in June 2016. Bernard is an international business executive with 30 years of experience in EMEA sales and general management, and an extensive track record of expanding business activities of leading technology companies into the financial services industry in areas such as core banking, wealth management, trading systems, risk and compliance, BPO and payment systems.
Most recently, Bernard was a sales and business development leader for EMEA at FIS, leading the sales organization and client management teams to grow license and services sales across all banking and electronic payment business lines.
Prior to this, he held an executive leadership role with Temenos, turning round the Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa region and leading strategic market initiatives. Bernard's early career was in core banking, trading systems and electronic payment solutions with a focus on sales growth and general management of the EMEA region for companies such as Misys, Verifone, and ACI Worldwide.
Bernard has a Business Management and Computer Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott in Arizona, and completed his executive MBA at INSEAD graduate business school.

Abhishek Deshpande

Chief Energy Analyst

Natixis

Abhishek has vast experience in oil & gas industry and financial markets. He has strong analytical and quantitative skills supported by all round knowledge of oil markets, demand and supply modeling, macroeconomic research, investment flows and company analysis. Currently he heads the energy research at Natixis. He helped set up and expand the energy research at Natixis in 2011. He was also instrumental in designing and launching the annual Oil Review, Natixis' flagship publication on oil. He has a growing media profile, appearing on BBC, SKY News, CNBC, Bloomberg and is regularly quoted by financial media including Reuters, AFP and Financial Times. He is invited regularly at leading energy conferences worldwide as a plenary speaker including the commodities meeting by United Nations. Before starting his current role as an energy analyst, he worked as a management consultant for 2 years.

Before starting his career in finance and consulting, Abhishek completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Cambridge. At Cambridge, he worked on micro-fluidics development and its application in pharmaceutical and other fine chemicals industries. He holds a Chartered Engineer status from the Institute of Chemical Engineers (UK) and a Chartered Energy Engineer status from the Energy Institute (UK). He is also a member of the Energy Institute, International Association of Energy Economics and Chatham House.

Whilst at Cambridge and in his current role at Natixis, he has published several academic and economic papers in international peer reviewed journals.